In Eastbourne, Jack Draper advances to his first ATP semifinal. Beaten by Harriet Dart and Cameron Norrie
In order to advance to the Eastbourne semi-finals, Jack Draper, 20, defeated fellow Brit Ryan Peniston. Draper, 20, will now play Maxime Cressy, who defeated top seed Cameron Norrie in straight sets. Petra Kvitova defeated Harriet Dart
Jack Draper made his first ATP Tour semi-final after winning an all-British clash against Ryan Peniston at the Rothesay International Eastbourne.
The 20-year-old won the final five games in a row – breaking his opponent three times in succession – to secure a 6-3 6-3 win.
Draper, who defeated world No. 15 Diego Schwartzman in the previous round, will meet Maxime Cressy in the semifinals after the Frenchman defeated Cameron Norrie, the top seed from the United Kingdom.
Norrie fell 7-5 7-5 while trying to go to the first Eastbourne semifinal.
After breaking his opponent in the third game of the match, Norrie appeared to be headed for the final four.
Cressy, an American of French descent, impressively fought back, and he ultimately won on his fourth match point to advance.
After Harriet Dart was soundly defeated by two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, British interest in the women’s singles event was over.
Kvitova, who overcame Katie Boulter on Wednesday, was in imperious form as she easily defeated her at Devonshire Park, 6-3, 6-4.
Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, said, “It’s always hard to finish it off, especially yesterday and today.”
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“She played incredibly well, in my opinion, and I gave the game my all. I’m extremely happy. I feel carefree since I’m enjoying the grass. The point is that my serve is also helpful. This place is quite wonderful, and playing in front of a large crowd once more is lovely.”
Despite the fact that Draper is the only British player still playing in Eastbourne, British athletes have had some remarkable recent performances.
In addition to Draper, who is expected to reenter the top 100 of the world rankings, Peniston, Dart, and Boulter have all delivered some impressive victories on grass.
“Ryan is an incredible athlete and a lovely guy. We train together frequently. After his most recent victory, Draper remarked, “He’s extremely terrific for me.
“It’s fantastic to be a part of the British buzz. Everyone is attempting to motivate one another to improve. We must continue to advance, and hopefully more of us will rise in the ranks.
Every week, my comfort level increases. I hope tomorrow I can put on a display because of the lessons I learnt from Queen’s.
In the first set, Draper defeated Peniston after coming back from an early break. Earlier in the day, Peniston had won his postponed second-round match against the Spaniard Pedro Martinez.